03 Jul 2019 - 05 Jul 2019

Locker Room Talk

Written by Gary McNair

Directed by Christie O'Carroll

Designed by Victoria Spearing

Co-Producer A Girl Called Stephen Theatre

Created in response to Donald Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” comment, Locker Room Talk is a provocative exploration of how men speak about women behind their back.

Can such sexually provocative conversation be accepted as ‘locker room talk’, or do such attitudes drive abusive behaviour? Does Trump speak to a silent majority or is he simply a loathsome individual?

Writer Gary McNair interviewed dozens of men from a vast array of backgrounds.

Four people, who do not identify as men, perform a selection of these conversations.

Following an overwhelming response from previous runs at the Traverse Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Latitude Festival and The Scottish Parliament, Locker Room Talk comes to Reading with a new cast to continue a conversation about misogyny and masculinity.

To further discussions inspired from the play, there will be a post-show Q&A session following the performance of Locker Room Talk on Wednesday 3rd July. Leading academics and members of the creative team will speak on the subject of ‘Where do we go from here?

‘Provocative look at toxic masculinity.’

★★★★ The Stage

‘While it’s never comfortable, it’s always fascinating.’

★★★★ The Guardian

‘A challenging, disturbing piece, Locker Room Talk comes from a place of anger, compassion and – ultimately – optimism.’

★★★★ The National

‘Locker Room Talk is what theatre is meant to be: it stirs and evokes emotions and anger inside you and unites its audience in asking one important question.’

★★★★★ Broadway Baby

Cast & Creative

Sasha Clarke

Actor 1

Emily Joh Miller

Actor 2

Sivan Raphaely

Actor 3

Tilda Wickham

Actor 4

Gary McNair


Christie O'Carroll


Victoria Spearing